Feds announce $14.3 million to fix black spots


NSW and South Australia will receive $14.3 million to fix dangerous stretches of road as part of Black Spot program

New South Wales and South Australia will receive $14.3 million in funding to fix dangerous stretches of road as part of the Federal Government’s Black Spots program.

The funding is part of the $144.7 million program, which will be spent this financial year.

The $50 million increase in expenditure from 2007 will help improve road safety and decrease fatalities, according to Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese.

"This is a serious investment in safer roads for motorists," he says.

"It will help drive down the appalling social and economic cost of road carnage".

Electorates to benefit from the scheme are Mayo in South Australia, which will receive $3.3 million.

NSW electorates of Gilmore and Calare will receive $1.6 and $1.34 million respectively.

The improvements are also part the Black Spot Program which was born as an election promise given by the Rudd government.

Albanese says the program is already proving to be a success.

"The Black Spot Program has a proven track record of saving lives, with an evaluation of the Black Spot Program showing that it has prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1500 serious injuries in its first three years," he says.

Other electorates to receive funding include Berowra, Bradfield, Cook, Cowper, Farrer, Greenway, Hume, Lyne, MacArthur, Mackellar, Mitchell, New England and North Sydney.

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